It was so nearly Easter Egg-stasy for the talented Team Fork Rent Suzuki rider Jason Dougan, taking on some of the quickest MX2 riders in Europe at the third round of the Maxxis British Championship at the Cadders Hill circuit in Lyng. Jason produced a superb qualifying session to land a well deserved pole position and also the land the first pole for the all new Suzuki RMZ 250. Jason’s teammate Jake Nicholls also put in a solid display in qualifying to land a top 15 start grid gate.
Jake who celebrated his 17th birthday in the week before Lyng also started well in moto one but suffered two crashes, Jake never gave in and chased right to the end and settled for a fourteenth place finish.
In race two both Jason and Jake didn’t get the best of jumps out of the gate but both riders hit the gas on the start straight and Jason found himself in third spot in corner one. Jason was determined to not let his podium chance go this time around and followed Tommy Searle for a while, but disaster struck as the stator went which left the bike with no spark and had to unfortunately retire from the race – the whole team were absolutely devastated.
It was all left to Jake to fly the flag for Team Fork Rent Suzuki in the remainder of the race, Jake was putting in a charge and was flying in eighth, but while tearing up the uphill section he crashed and went over the bars and hit the dirt real hard.
After being hit by one rider and three others landing on the bike, Jake managed to pull himself up from the chaos and rode back to the pit area to straighten the bike, Jake rejoined the race but one lap down and out of the points.
I’m disappointed with the overall result from the weekend but Jason proved he has the speed to run with the leading pack on any given day.
What happened in race two to Jason was so unlucky and myself and the team are feeling for him, for the stator to go was pure bad luck as the Suzuki RMZ 250 has been awesome.
Jake wasn’t his normal race self today but did start to show great form in moto two until the crash, again his time will come for sure.
With the amount of hard work the riders and the team put in, it’s only a matter of time before things will start to click into place and start reaping the rewards.